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What’s the Difference at DWU?
- Dive into your curriculum with courses like history of theatre and drama, acting, stage combat, scene design and directing.
- Discover the history of theatre in workshops hosted by professionals.
- Direct your own production as part of your student experience.
- Immerse yourself in stage arts and theatre productions with events like the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival or in places like the United Kingdom.
- Auditions for all productions are open to any part-time or full-time DWU student, as well as faculty, staff and community members.
Performing Arts Scholarships and Auditions
The Dakota Wesleyan University Performing Arts Department invites you to participate in our performance groups. Students wishing to be awarded a Performing Arts Scholarship must upload an audition video or present an on-campus audition. Any student awarded a scholarship for Performing Arts must participate in the corresponding ensemble(s) for each semester that they receive the scholarships.
Students interested in technical theatre need to audition. Instead, contact the director of theatre to schedule an interview.
Please complete the performing arts scholarship form. If you choose to do an online audition video, here are some helpful tips:
- Record your audition video
- Upload it to a platform (YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)
- Make sure the video is public or is viewable for anyone with the link
Take a look at courses you'll complete as part of earning your Theatre degree.
DRM 121 Technical Theatre
DRM 132 Auditioning and Tech Interviews
DRM 141 Theatre Arts
DRM 151 History of Theatre
DRM 188 Stage Management
DRM 203 Acting For the Stage
DRM 213 Scene Design
DRM 222 History of Musical Theatre
DRM 280 Production and Practicum I
DRM 301 Costume and Makeup
DRM 305 Acting for the Camera
DRM 335 Directing I
DRM 380 Production Practicum II
DRM 409 Acting Period Styles
DRM 436 Directing II
DRM 466 Stage Combat
DRM 480 Production Practicum III
Get to Know Your Professors
Embrace learning the performing arts with our skilled teachers. Our low student-to-faculty ratio offers valuable one-on-one interaction with your professors.
Dan Miller, MFA
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You'll travel and attend professional theatre productions either in New York, the United Kingdom or another theatre-rich, history-rich region of the world. Along with these productions, you'll investigate the history of theatre and participate in workshops hosted by professional theatre companies or individuals.
Where will you perform? The DWU Theatre opened in September 2017. This $1.2-million, 5,000-square-foot building is located on the south side of Dakota Discovery Museum on DWU’s campus. The facility houses a black-box theatre, scene shop, office space, dressing rooms, bathrooms and a green room.
The Sherman Center is an all-purpose facility where DWU theatre presents some of its theatre-in-the-round and thrust stage productions. It contains state-of-the-art technology in lighting, sound, projection and multimedia.
The Pepsi-Cola Theatre for the Performing Arts is another venue used by Dakota Wesleyan theatre. In a partnership with the Mitchell Area Community Theatre, DWU theatre presents theatrical productions at this community facility when the occasion calls. DWU theatre students also participate in the MACT by acting, directing, stage managing or designing shows.